African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Teke figure

Teke figure (N° 23272)

Small statuette depicting a Téké ancestor with a face streaked with traditional scarifications. This type of carving formed an individual type protective charm. A hole in the head made it possible to suspend it.
Ersoions, lack at the level of a foot.

Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms whose chief was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu, had the right to life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which supervised all the ceremonies. According to the Téké, wisdom was absorbed and stored in the abdomen. It is also according to the directives of the sorcerer that the worship was returned to the ancestors. Their secret society, kidumu, used circular flat masks decorated with polychrome geometric patterns.  


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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm21
Width8 cm
Weight0.18 Kg

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